The problematic place-kicking situation for the Texas Longhorns could feature a change on Saturday against the Kansas Jayhawks in Austin, as senior Mitchell Becker may receive his first opportunity this season:
Mitchell Becker is looking good in warm ups!! He's booming them!! He'll be ready if his number is called!! pic.twitter.com/U7Fh2nHuJ9— Anthony Geronimo (@ATXANT10) November 11, 2017
On Thursday, head coach Tom Herman said that Becker had received most of the kicks during practice this week. However, Herman also indicated that he would track the pre-game attempts from Becker and junior Josh Rowland, who has struggled this season.
One of the reasons why Herman wasn’t willing to make any definitive statements about whether Becker would take over the starting role was because of the issues that Rowland has had in translating practice success to his efforts during the game.
“It is a whole different animal when you have fans in the seats or a real-life opponent across from you,” Herman said. “To say that I know right now, I don't.”
Given that Rowland has only hit half of his attempts, had multiple kicks blocked, and left his only effort last week well short of the goal post, it’s probably time to give Becker a chance if he can kick well during warm ups.
And it appears that Herman is finally leaning in that direction.